Originally Posted by sonoftumble
The basic entry level "brain" or processor should do the trick. The model number is the SL-240C. ( No, it's not a Benz - lol ). The processor acts as a traffic cop so that devices such as an AVR that can only handle a single IP network control connection would be able to have more than one control device sending commands to it. It also has I/O connections for IR and serial devices. Kind of like a super iTach.
Any idea on pricing? Google tells me the SL-240 is $720, perhaps this new "compact" model will be a bit cheaper. One thing you get for that high price is that Kramer warranties them for 7 years, far longer than most such warranties. Since your 'license' is essentially that piece of hardware, that's good to see.
Is there some documentation online anywhere that tells a bit about how the system works? Can an end user even get this information, or does Kramer only talk to dealers, and I'd have to find a really helpful dealer to get this? I'm particularly interested in what you say about it acting like a "traffic cop" for devices that allow only one IP connection. Does that all the IP commands from your handset go to this 'brain' and it then forwards them to the various devices?
The reason I ask is that I have a bunch of GC100s, and those suffer from the one connection limit as well. That hasn't been a big issue, the real problem is that they are a bit buggy. You can send a valid sendIR command to them 100 times, and it might give the 'ok' or whatever that it received the command and send the IR successfully, and one time it will give an error that the command was corrupted. The longer the IR command (i.e. if you try to concatenate several IR sequences into a single longer sequence) the greater the chance this will happen.
The big downfall of iRule with the GC100 is that it just sends the IR command to the GC100, it doesn't actually look at the GC100's response. If Kramer's 'traffic cop' actually does that, and can be told to automatically retry a command that fails, that would get me from 98-99% reliability to 100% reliability, and be worth the investment. But I don't know how I can find out if it does this, or if they would be responsive to a customer who suggested it. By the time I figured out the bug earlier this year (which even Global Cache's engineers were unaware of) iRule had already ceased development.
I figure either I need to work around this GC100 bug, or replace all 7 of my GC100s with something else without the bug. That would be well over $1000 worth of iTachs, so Kramer may be the cheaper way to go. Global Cache announced some new modular devices back in June that were supposed to be shipping in August, but there is still nothing on their web site so I guess they missed that date. No clue what they would cost, unless they had some sort of trade in for GC100s I doubt it would come out any cheaper then a pile of iTachs.
I may see about getting a SL-240C and trying it out, assuming I can get at least a 30 day money back guarantee from the seller.